Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What's New at Sew Inspired

Well, it's been a month since our last post - and with good reason! Our beloved blogger welcomed her bundle of Joy on December 1st and we couldn't be more thrilled about the newest Sew Inspired baby! However, the fabric keeps arriving, the events keep coming and until the new mom is up to blogging from home here's an attempt to update you on all that's new!

First, the Timeless Treasures Tonga batik group, Topaz, arrived yesterday amidst all the holiday hubbub. This 20-piece group of brown, rose, teal and green has us daydreaming of lounging by the water and long walks in the woods.
The Moda groups keep coming - it's been a flurry of florals with the Windermere yardage for our newest Block of the month, Garden Grove, the half-collection of Hyde Park florals and an offering of Color Daze we're planning a Cats' Cradle Catapult quilt with.

The newest Kaffe Fasset Design rolls - in Winter and Spring color-ways - have arrived along with more yardage and his newest book, Heritage Quilts. And, Anna Maria Horner's Fibs & Fables, inspired by her interest in and love for vintage fairytale illustrations. Our favorite is the "Enchanted" landscape.

Because the fabric keeps arriving... and we need to make room for the new... we'll be holding our annual don't make us inventory it year-end clearance sale right after the Christmas holiday! Don't miss it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hoffman Challenge 2016: Crystalia... And Me + You Batiks

Renewed, refreshed, reinvented and realigned for today. Hoffman Fabrics has chosen the best of the best for their Hoffman Challenge 2016. It'll be the first time they are offering a digitally printed fabric as the Challenge Fabrics, and in two versions -- black and white! The 2016 Challenge Fabric is style #N4240 from the Crystalia collection.

For the first time ever, Hoffman has added a Home Decor category, and this year's theme is kitchen and tabletop.

Detailed information, contest directions and an online entry form are available on their website. Registration will open at midnight CST on January 1, 2016.

In the studio on Saturday November 14, 2015, we will have special guest Stephanie Prescott, Director of Sales and Merchandising, Hoffman-California International Fabrics with us at Saturday Sampler. She will share the newest Me+You batik lines, and more! (Limited extra seating available for non-Saturday Sampler participants, so you must RSVP!)

We currently have 20 bolts of the gorgeous Me+You batiks in the shop... with more to come! Me+You is designed for the contemporary and modern quilter, and is about new energy and individuals while honoring the traditions and roots of those pioneers who came before. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What's New At Sew Inspired

Want to make this adorable tuffet? Instructor Denise Dayton will be in our studio for four sessions starting in January to teach students how to make one! Students will be required to purchase an upholstery kit and pattern from Denise, and Sew Inspired will have a variety of legs to order prior to class. If you'd like to sign up for one of the classes or find out more information, please call us at the shop at 860-651-8885. 

Brenda Walton's debut collection for Blend Fabrics is called Flora & Fauna, a nostalgic mix of nineteenth century florals and charming vintage imagery. It is a treasure trove of layered botanical illustrations and softly aged textures complimented by romantic calligraphy and elegant flourishes. 

We've restocked a few bolts by Alison Glass from her Ex Libris and Sun Print collections! 

We've also got Marsha McCloskey's newest collection for Clothworks called Chocolate & Cherry. The collection features elegant florals, dots and geometric patterns in beautiful reds, creams, pinks and browns. We also have her Massachusetts Cross and Crown quilt made from this collection kitted, ready for you to start sewing. 

Food For Fabric! Help us restock our communities' food banks with non-perishable food items and receive discounts on fabric.

Here's how it works:
Bring in 10 items = 10% off
Bring in 15 items = 15% off
Bring in 20 items = 20% off

Discount applies to regular yardage only; excludes basics / blenders (B) and new arrivals (as flagged); minimum 1/2 yard cuts. No limit to the number of times you can take advantage of this sale, Monday November 2nd through Monday November 23rd. Please be sure to check the expiration dates on your donations!

Friday, October 16, 2015

What's New At Sew Inspired

Andover has again released Eric Carle's most well-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in fun, vibrant colors, perfect for baby quilts, playmats etc! 

We've kitted up some of these adorable Dashing Play Mats, designed by Heidi Pridemore.

We've brought in a whole array of fabrics from Shannon Fabrics to make handmade goodies for the littles in your life. The soft Cuddle fabric is perfect for backings and doesn't stretch or leave as much fluff on your cutting table as minky does. Their Embrace double gauze makes beautiful swaddle blankets, and we have them in blues, pinks, whites and greys in various patterns and even solids. And we have their terry cloth fabrics to make adorable hooded blankets that make bath time more fun! 

Shannon Fabrics has included tips and tricks on how to sew their fabrics, and you can find those helpful hints here

These lovely Color Weave fabrics by Contempo for Benartex give a touch of color and texture to your quilt. We have them in 31 beautiful colors ranging from a sweet pastel pink to bold red rouge.

Also on our blenders wall we've added 26 gorgeous Moda Grunge Basics by BasicGrey. These fabrics add so much color and movement to quilts, and we have them on the bolt as well as in fat quarter bundles of 26, 13 or 5 to 6 colors.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

What's New At Sew Inspired

Joel Dewberry's latest Free Spirit collection called Atrium is light and bright, featuring bold motifs that capture flora and architecture with style.

Rhoda Ruth is the first fabric collection by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman. It is named for her grandmother and the collection began with sketches of some of her costume jewelry, then grew into a story about a fox, a giraffe and a snow leopard!

We have several of the fabrics on bolts, and precuts in fat quarters and jelly rolls. Also in a jelly roll are a beautiful palette of Kona Cotton Solids that coordinate with Rhoda Ruth.

Lizzy House's latest collection for Andover called The Lovely Hunt is an adorably illustrated collection that features whimsical unicorns and dancing meadows with magical charm.

We have the yellow and gray colorways of Modern Mixers II by Studio E that feature great graphic prints.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What's New At Sew Inspired

Story by Carrie Bloomston is her third collection for Windham, and it's all about community, home, love, nature, stars, moon, sun, animals and friends. Bloomston's distinctive style features bold colors, geometric shapes, and beautiful illustrations.

The Sultan's Garden is Mary McGuire's new collection for RJR in the Apricot colorway. The collection was inspired by McGuire's trip to Istanbul, and it reminds her of the magical time spent there.

Jennifer Sampou has released Shimmer 2 in response to her best-selling first collection, Shimmer. The collection again captures nature's unique shimmery qualities in fabrics.

Minick & Simpson have released their newest line called Polka-Dots & Paisleys for Moda. The collection features both small and large prints in their signature red, white and blue colors.

We have several adorable prints from Bonnie & Camille's new collection, Hello Darling, for Moda. We also have jelly rolls of the entire collection, and kits made up of Camille Roskelley's Vintage Tulips pattern.

We're very excited about these gorgeous prints by Art Gallery Fabrics in the Maker collection. The prints feature the favorite notions, tools and haberdashery that portray the love of our craft, and the love of being makers.

Guess How Much I Love You 2 by Clothworks features the charming illustrations from the beloved book of the same name. The prints come in pinks, blues, taupes and whites, so you can make the little in your life a lovely quilt, regardless of gender. There's even a flannel print that you could use on the back to make the quilt so lovely and soft.

Lastly, we have Lotta Jansdotter's cute collection for the modern nursery called Stella. It features Scandinavian inspired prints of stars, elephants and butterflies in shades of pinks, purples, grey, celedon and blue.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What's New At Sew Inspired

We have the brand new Halloween fabric by Cotton + Steel called Spellbound. They found a way to make spooky into something impossibly cute!

Andover has reprinted some of its Chillingworth fabrics, and we have more kits available of this awesome Picture This quilt.

Make up your own Halloween quilt, runners or bunting to celebrate with this bundle of 14 fat quarters of great blenders by Patrick Lose for RJR Fabrics.

Cotton + Steel also have an adorable Christmas line called Tinsel that features snow gloves, kitty Santas and so much more! Wonderful for quilts and pillowcases to gift your loved ones.

We have kits for this quick and easy table runner pattern called Frame Up that features Timeless Treasure's Country Christmas Ice Skates. It'd make a wonderful gift and dress up any table or console! 

Last but not least, we have these Robert Kaufman artisan batiks by Lunn Studios in gorgeous purples and blues that feature beautiful metallic accents throughout.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

10th Anniversary Production August 21-23

Come celebrate our 10th anniversary with us, from Friday, August 21st through to Sunday, August 23rd! We'll be celebrating all weekend long with a Sale-a-bration, demos, classes, trunk shows and so much more!

The Trailer... See the SALE tickets for weekend specials (printed tickets are not needed to take advantage of sale specials); pick up a raffle ticket when you visit (bring in a Sew Inspired show and tell for an extra ticket; one additional ticket per BOM or kit purchased at Sew Inspired within the last 10 years); Splash Rotary Cutter Giveaway at the conclusion of each demo (must be present to win); FREE starter bundle of accessories when you purchase a Handi Quilter system during the event -- ask about our special "show pricing".

The Stars Among Us Special Exhibit that will take place all weekend long will feature quilts from local stars like Kate Themel, Timna Tarr and many more! We will also have special guest Debby Brown, an internationally recognized quilter, Handi Quilter Educator, and pattern designer, with us teaching and hosting a trunk show.  Debby's "Cuties" pattern line will be available, and we have many Fat 1/8th Cutie Packs available in assorted colors and fabrics for you to take home and sew!

We will have demos all weekend long on our favorite gadgets and techniques, like the Quick Trim Ruler, Bloc Loc Ruler, Stripology Ruler, and so many more.

You can also purchase your custom Sew Inspired charm holder for only $10.00 this weekend to hold the charms you've been collecting all year long! 

Here is the schedule of events:

  • Sale-a-bration begins!
  • Demos at 3PM and 4:30PM 
  • Handi Quilter Customer Appreciation reception at 6PM
  • Stars Among Us quilt exhibit in the Studio
  • Handi Quilter demos with Debby Brown in the Studio
  • "Happy Endings" HQ Trunk Show with Debby Brown in the Studio at 1PM
  • Demos at 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 2:30PM and 3:30PM in the shop
  • Cuties Trunk Show in the Studio at 6PM
  • Customer Appreciation Reception in the Studio 7-9PM
  • Charity Quilting Superstars -- Booths in the lobby
  • Free Motion Quilting Class (Avante) 10AM-1PM
  • Free Motion Quilting Class (Sweet Sixteen) 2PM-5PM
  • Demos at 11AM, 12:30PM, 2PM and 3:30PM
  • Charity Quilting Superstars -- Booths in the lobby
  • Sew Inspired Finale -- 10 Prize Pack Giveaways
We hope to see you this weekend! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

What's New At Sew Inspired

Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff
Pie Making Day is Brenda Ratliff's first fabric collection for RJR Fabrics. It is a beautiful collection in jewel tones and grays, inspired by fabrics from the 30s, 40s and 50s. We have fat quarter bundles of the entire collection bundled, and ready to sew! (See the Lacuna Sampler quilt made with these fabrics here.)

Stash Stars quilt, made and quilted by Sandy Morawski
True Colors 20 pc FQ bundle
We have Tula Pink's entire True Colors collection in our blender wall, and it consists of five different prints (Ladybug, Lazy Stripe, Making Waves, Mini Owl, and Daisy Buds) in a spectrum of colors. The collection was the perfect thing to update our Stash Stars quilt with, and we have the 20 piece fat quarter bundle all made up! 

Once Upon A Chicken by Laundry Basket Quilts
Once Upon A Chicken is a whimsical collection by Mary Jane Butters of Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda. It features feathers, florals, eggs and more in soft, water-color tones for an old-fashioned farm feel. 

Music Collection by April Cornell
We also have April Cornell's Music Collection fabrics in her signature elegant florals. Her newest collection for Free Spirit is all about the romance of ballads and waltzes, full of sentiment and style. 

Yellow, Red, and Orange books with their individual layer cakes
Vanessa Christenson has come out with an ingenious way to play with color! We have the Yellow, Red, and Orange books, and each book has its own individual layer cake. 

Our Cotton + Steel section
And last but definitely not least, we have brand new Cotton + Steel fabrics in store! We have some new bolts in from the C+S Spring '15 collection, and as always, they go beautifully with the fabrics that came before, so you can mix and match!

Sew Inspired "Snips & Pieces"

Sew Inspired "Snips & Pieces"
Design. Create. Complete.